Chikungunya is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes in a range of overseas countries. Symptoms of chikungunya include:
• severe joint and muscle pain
Usually persist for weeks, but in some cases can continue for months to years.
There is no cure or vaccine for chikungunya. The only way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
The risk of infection has traditionally been highest in Africa and Asia. More recently, the disease has emerged in countries in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions as well as south-east Asia and the Caribbean